Monday, 19 March 2018

Groundhog Day (1993)

Imagine retiring to bed tonight and waking up the next morning to the same day, yet again! You get through this duplicated day in rising alarm, go to sleep and ... the horror! It is today again!

Disbelief turns to disillusion. As another Feb 2 follows another Feb 2, you go wicked, rob a bank, seduce women, eat like a pig, drink like a fish, drive a car off a cliff, get killed, but unfailing wake up to a Feb 2 morning. Groundhog Day makes an ingenious, comic and heartwarming fun life lesson of this preposterous, out-of-the-box idea. 

Bill Murray, plays the hapless celebrity TV weatherman experiencing this endless cycle like he was born to do it. Murray has built an acting reputation for playing characters bored, irked and resigned from life.Groundhog Day showcases that reputation. The lovely ‎Andie MacDowell makes for a charming, intelligent heroine. 

"Groundhog Day" has since become a popular cultural term to imply routine, boredom, repetition, and stagnancy. Why does that sound eerily true and familiar? 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Hugo (2011)

No f*** word, no murders, no gangsters, no outrageous anger, no catharsis, no greed, no blood spouting, no gun-wielding violence in a Martin Scorcese film! Yes, you read that f****** right! 
In 1931, twelve-year-old Hugo (Asa Butterfield) anonymously maintains clocks at a Railway Station in France. Orphaned and taken over by his now missing drunkard uncle, Hugo spends his time snooping at the people around him from his hidden residence inside the station. These include the tough station master (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his intimidating dog, an elderly couple, and an old man (Ben Kingsley) manning the toy store.

Hugo (2011) originally released in 3D, is a heart-warming adaptation of Brian Selznick's fiction book The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Relatable Factor
Scorcese did suggest in an interview that Hugo's isolated life reminded him of his own childhood as an asthmatic kid who was forced to stay indoors. Another intimate connection was Scorcese's then 12-year-old daughter. The director's own passion for restoring rare, prized cinema seems to be a deciding factor too. Afterall Hugo celebrates the origin of filmmaking, the magic of going to the movies and honors Georges Méliès, the amazingly creative, special effects pioneer

Asa Butterfield is particularly haunting and charming as Hugo, as is Chloë Grace Moretz as Hugo's friend Isabella. Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Sacha Baron Cohen shine in their parts too. 

Hugo is a big bulge of a surprise from Scorcese, charming, beautiful, poetic and exquisitely cinematic. In retrospect, for adult viewers, the film's final act may seem predictable. But for a children's film, it's a great watch, a potential masterpiece. 

The Disaster Artist (2017)

This is a movie about how a really bad movie got made. A movie so bad that audiences the world over still love it for its unintentional humor, incredibly bad acting and lame storytelling. 

The Disaster Artist is a neat, well-paced chronicle of how Tommy Wiseau's now cult movie The Room (2003) was made. 

James Franco does an impressive turn directing the movie and playing Wiseau, mimicking the strange spirit, drawl and body language of the man. Franco's brother Dave, playing Wiseau's friend and co-star Greg is sincere too.  

The Disaster Artist is a good, often funny and engaging movie about what most critics call the "best worst movie ever made." It is a brave, clean attempt, and in its way, applauds friendship against all odds and all those who find the courage to follow their dreams. 

The Disaster Artist tells us why pure conviction and drive matters, irrespective of the outcome. A little nitty-bitty funny fight of a film.